US Coast Guard ISC Honolulu

400 Sand Island Parkway, Honolulu, HI 96819

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US Coast Guard Base Honolulu evolved from the former U.S. Lighthouse Service Depot at Pier 4 and a 5-acre plot on Sand Island. The property was acquired by the Coast Guard in 1939 when it absorbed the Lighthouse Service. In 1945, an additional 5 acres were acquired and the Base Sand Island was established. Its primary mission of buoy repair was expanded to include industrial, shipping and receiving support.

Base Sand Island continued to grow in size and responsibilities, eventually reaching 48.6 acres. Some comptroller functions were moved to the base, as well a medical and dental facility. MWR facilities were added and expanded. Family housing was built on Red Hill. In 1988, Base Sand Island became Sector/Base Honolulu, with the added responsibility of search and rescue and law enforcement within the Hawaiian Islands.


In May 1996, Base and Sector Honolulu became separate commands, with the sector retaining responsibility for the operational missions. Base Honolulu again increased responsibilities and became Base Honolulu, a separate command.


The base combined elements of the 14th Coast Guard District to become a full-service support command, providing base functions as well as financial functions.


Integrated Support Command is one of the major military facilities operated by the United States Coast Guard in Honolulu, Hawaii. The unit has a major role on the island. It fulfills its mission and objectives with not less than 200 employees, coming from both the civilian and military fields. There are also around 1,000 troops organized in associate tenants. They are deployed on site for small periods of time. They come and go on a regular basis.


USCG ISC Honolulu supports all the missions conducted by the United States of America, regardless of the purpose. Its primary mission is to deal with the national defense. It supports all the military troops deployed in the area, whenever it is needed. The command is responsible for quite a lot of civilian operations too, especially since many of the employees are civilian contractors and scientists. The center is not physically involved in the common operations. These scientists will never get on a helicopter to pursue search and rescue (SAR) operations, patrol over the ice blocks in Alaska, look after oil spills and ensure the environmental protection. Instead, their main objectives include assistance jobs and engineering missions.


More than 1,780 active-duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary men and women make up the 14th District.



All flights lead to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The airport is 9 miles west of Waikiki Beach and 4 miles west of central Honolulu. Travel time to Waikiki is about 20 to 30 minutes by car – 40 minutes during rush hour.

Your sponsor will greet you at the airport and help you get settled into your accommodations. If you are not met by anyone at the airport and require lodging, contact your command duty officer or go to the USO. The USO of Hawaii’s lounge in the Overseas Terminal, at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, is available for use by all military personnel and their family members, reservists on active duty, retirees and Department of Defense civilians on orders. Transportation options from the airport include taxis, shuttles, rental vehicles and Oahu’s public transportation system – TheBus.


All members must officially check in on arrival day because all overseas allowances (COLA, BAH, TLA) become effective the date of PCS check-in. If you don’t check in at your unit and with the local housing officer, you (and any dependents) will not be reimbursed for any TLA expenses. In addition to checking in at your unit, unaccompanied members must check in with your unit local housing representative. Call your unit before arriving to confirm check-in procedures.


Make sure you keep your sponsor, ombudsman and your unit advised of your flight itinerary. All personnel arriving at Honolulu International Airport should be met by their sponsor unless they are continuing to the islands of Hawaii, Maui or Kauai. You and your family (if applicable) should be transported to a previously arranged temporary lodging hotel accommodation. If you have any arrival problems or questions, contact your assigned unit.


TRICARE Information and News


For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at


Check the US News Health directory online at to find the best doctor for your family.


The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website


To be enrolled in a Honolulu area school, a child must be 5 years old on or before July 31. Check with the school for other requirements.


In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit

Noelani Elementary School
Moanalua Middle School
Moanalua High School



If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.


Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.


​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.


Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.


Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.


Military Children and Teens Resource Guide


Honolulu County Department of Human Resources (808) 768-8500
The Department of Human Resources is charged with establishing a comprehensive personnel management program based on merit principles designed to recruit, develop, and retain the best qualified civil servants.


Child and Family Service (808) 681-3500
Dedicated to “Strengthening families and fostering the healthy development of children”. Through nearly 50 programs statewide, CFS works with those most in need – meeting them where they are, connecting them with the resources they need, and helping them envision and plan a future in which they can live successfully in the community.


Department of Human Services (855) 643-1643
To encourage self-sufficiency and support the well-being of individuals, families, and communities in Hawai‘i.


Hawaiian Humane Society (808) 356-2200
The Hawaiian Humane Society was organized in 1883. Since 1942, our busy shelter in the heart of Moiliili has become a community hub for animal lovers featuring programs and services focused on strengthening the human-animal bond: rescuing the abused, engaging volunteers, fighting for better laws and caring for more than 20,000 animals a year.


Honolulu Department of Public Safety (808) 587-1288
To uphold justice and public safety by providing correctional and law enforcement services to Hawaii’s communities with professionalism, integrity and fairness.

Base Operator (808) 842-2062


No temporary lodging is available at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, however, lodging is available at several hotels/motels in the local community.
Coast Guard Base Honolulu has a partnership for privatized housing with Lend Lease Island Palm Communities – (877) 487-4323.
The Coast Guard maintains very little government housing in the state of Hawaii. Once the government-owned homes are occupied, newly arriving families are released to find housing. The Coast Guard has teamed with the Army’s partner, Island Palm Communities,
giving Coast Guard members the same priority as Army members for IPC housing.
Kia’i Kai Hale Red Hill Housing, on Oahu, is privatized. Island Palm Communities maintains and operates this housing site. Call IPC at 808-275-3800.
Senior officer Coast Guard-owned housing is available at Wailupe on Oahu.
Contact the Base Honolulu Housing office at 808-842-2073.

Ocean Pointe – Eva Beach, HI
9.3 miles from base

Ocean Pointe is a true gem with landscaping, energy value, community design and planning. Ocean Pointe is welcoming and has a walkable design – reminiscent of traditional hometown neighborhoods. Ocean Point’s land plan is more pedestrian-friendly. The continuous and uninterrupted landscaping make the neighborhoods more appealing to the eye.

Kailua/Lanikai – Kailua, HI
10.8 miles from base

If you are looking to experience a real taste of living in Hawaii, Kailua is the town for you! The white power sand and blue pristine water of Kailua Beach is the perfect place for families to relax and enjoy the reason Hawaii is a paradise. It has a small beach town feel and offers convenience of restaurants, shops and so much more. The schools, in particular Lanikai Elementary and Aikahi are rated some of the top in the state.

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In Honolulu, the summers are hot, oppressive, and dry; the winters are comfortable and humid; and it is windy and mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 68°F to 87°F and is rarely below 63°F or above 89°F.


The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from June 27 to October 14, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is August 23, with an average high of 87°F and low of 76°F. The cool season lasts for 3.6 months, from December 13 to April 1, with an average daily high temperature below 81°F. The coldest day of the year is January 28, with an average low of 68°F and high of 79°F.


The wetter season lasts 5.5 months, from October 15 to March 31, with a greater than 16% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 25% on January 11. The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from March 31 to October 15. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on June 20.

The overall cost of living index in Honolulu, HI is 182. That puts it 3% higher than the average of Hawaii and 82% higher than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Honolulu, HI, the price of goods and services are equal to the average of Hawaii as well as 29% higher than the nation’s average.

Sandwiched between the Downtown and residential neighborhoods of Kalihi-Palama, Honolulu’s Chinatown is one of the largest and most authentic Oriental districts in the United States. It pulses with life at spots like the Maunakea Marketplace, marked by its red-painted clock tower with overhanging Shan gables, and bursts with smells and sights amidst the endless stacks of tropical fruits and soy-sautéed meats that coalesce around Oahu Market.


Looming in sinewy, volcanic ridges high above the downtown and bustling coastal strips of central Honolulu, the Diamond Head State Monument is one of the most iconic sights on the skyline of the Aloha State’s capital. It’s thought that this recognizable landmark formed when a great cinder cone on the edge of the Koʻolau Mountain Range burst 200,000 years ago – spewing magma and rock out to create the rugged ridges and craters seen today. Many hikers wax up the walking boots and make for the maintained trail that carves its way along the edge of Diamond Head. This goes for just under a mile, passes through tunnels and scales staircases, all before offering up sweeping panoramas of the Pacific Ocean and the city.


The most-visited memorial in all of Hawaii – the USS Arizona Visitor Center – juts it’s way out into the waters at Pearl Harbor on the north-eastern fringes of Honolulu. The museum can only be accessed by boat and offers travelers a glimpse of the destruction wreaked on the American Naval fleet. Inside, the exhibition and memorial space is divided into three separate sections. One area, the Assembly Room, offers bird’s eye views over the submerged deck, while the Shrine part of the site contains a sobering and thoughtful memorial to both the dead and the survivors.

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